Weekend Winter Wrapup (15 Oct 07)

I am gradually tracking down all the Padres’ winter-league assignments. Bear with me…

Friday, October 12

Arizona Fall League

  • Matt AntonelliJavelinas 8, Saguaros 3 (box score). Matt Antonelli, batting eighth for the Saguaros, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He’s 0-for-9 with a walk so far. Reader JP compares Antonelli to former big-leaguer Steve Sax, and it’s not a bad call, although I liken him more to one of Sax’s contemporaries, Bill Doran, who had a bit more power.

Mexican Pacific League

  • Oscar RoblesMochis 6, Navojoa 0 (box score). Oscar Robles went 0-for-3 with a walk in a losing cause. Robles also hit a two-out, walk-off grand slam on Thursday to account for all of his team’s runs in a 4-2 victory over Obregon.
  • Hermosillo 13, Mexicali 2 (box score). Jared Wells worked a scoreless ninth. Way to keep that 14th run from coming home…

Saturday, October 13

Arizona Fall League

  • Nick HundleyMesa 4, Saguaros 0 (box score). Right-hander Jonathan Ellis starts the eighth. He allows a one-out double to Sam Fuld, who then steals third and scores on a throwing error by Nick Hundley. Yep, that sounds like the Padres. After a visit to the mound by the pitching coach, Ellis gets Dusty Brown looking with the bases loaded to end the threat.

    Ellis allowed one run on two hits and two walks in his only inning of work. He also fanned two batters, despite the fact that 16 of his 31 pitches missed the zone. Hundley struck out in his only at-bat.

Mexican Pacific League

  • Mochis 9, Navojoa 4 (box score). Robles singled and doubled in five at-bats out of the leadoff spot. Luis Cruz went 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Interestingly, Robles is playing shortstop, while Cruz — a middle infielder by trade — has been starting in center field. Cruz committed an error in Saturday’s loss, allowing a runner to advance to third on a double. As best I can tell, this is Cruz’ first action in the outfield as a pro.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Aragua 4, Caracas 0 (box score). Jose Lobaton, a switch-hitting catcher who spent ’07 at Lake Elsinore, knocked a pinch infield single in the ninth. It was one of just three hits by Caracas on the night (the other two coming off the bat of ex-Padre farmhand Peeter Ramos).

Sunday, October 14

Mexican Pacific League

  • Mochis 5, Navojoa 4, 14 innings (box score). Ho-hum, another 2-for-5 performance from Robles in the leadoff spot. Cruz, batting ninth, did the same. He started the game in center field and ended it at third base.
  • Hermosillo 8, Mexicali 4 (box score). Steve Watkins got lit like a Roman candle again. He’s allowed three homers and seven walks in eight innings over two starts. Not good.

Venezuelan Winter League

  • La Guaira 4, Caracas 3 (box score). Right-hander Paul Abraham, who enjoyed a strong campaign at San Antonio in ’07, worked a scoreless eighth and held the lead before La Guaira scored three in the bottom of the ninth to pull out the victory. Abraham turns 28 in January and was spending his third season at Double-A, so don’t get too excited.